Update: THR has pegged Malone as the new frontrunner, with the actress having been put into early negotiations for the pivotal role. Read the original story below.
Although a previous report on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — wherein we heard of Mia Wasikowska or model Zoe Aggeliki‘s potential involvement — was, seemingly, circumvented by news surrounding Jena Malone, the rumors have come full circle with a decision.
Now, according to Deadline, Aggeliki “has the edge” over the lattermost actress, currently being mired in “the most serious talks” with Francis Lawrence; both have auditioned, too. For whom? Johanna Mason, an axe-enabled District 7 warrior with “a wicked ability to murder” and the wit to fake pain that lures in more gullible competitors. She forms a bond of sorts with Katniss and Peeta in Catching Fire, though she and the series’ heroine often disagree over a proper way to win the titular competition.
Aggeliki is, technically, unproven as an actress — despite upcoming work in R.I.P.D. and the Percy Jackson sequel, we haven’t actually, you know, seen her in anything yet — yet if she did, in fact, give a more impressive turn when auditioning, I suppose there’s no two ways about it: she’s the one who should get this role. (Well, not necessarily “suppose” — you know what I mean.)
Hats off to her, then. It goes without saying (even though Deadline does) that it’s a pretty great launch point for any young actor’s career; if we’re going to get more of Zoe Aggeliki in the coming years, we might as well hope the attention’s worth it.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will open on November 22nd, 2013.
Do you think Lawrence and company have made the right casting choice? Would any of the other candidates have been preferable?
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out […]
Writing about the films of Robert Bresson usually begins by informing reader that his films must be discussed through a trance of hushed tones and quiet veneration. There is no room for rushed judgement or quick-witted observations; Bresson makes Serious Art, as opposed to Hollywood directors who do not. There are the key phrases to […]
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we believe it’s our duty to highlight the recent, recommended titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of […]
Today we have a special episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. In honor of James Gray‘s The Immigrant arriving on Netflix this week, we have an audio version of our full interview with the director, published in text form on the site during the film’s theatrical release. Conducted by co-host Nick Newman […]
Latest posts from Beats Per Minute